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My stay at Lotte New York Palace, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, started weeks before I even set foot in the hotel when I received a call from my Sleep Curator. She asked me questions like my pajama size, pillow preference, preferred wake time, and more. You see, this was all part of spending the night in the property's new Hästens Ultimate Sleep Suite that comes complete with a $200,000 mattress.
Yes, you read that right. The one-of-a-kind suite is the only in the world to house this iteration of Hästens Vividus bed, which retails for the six-figure price tag and takes 350 working hours (only nine artisans are qualified to create it) to complete. And I was lucky enough to test it out for a night. So, did I get the best night's sleep ever?
Before I answer the question, it's important to understand the full experience of the unique suite. After your chat with the Sleep Curator, the rest of the experience takes place at the hotel. The decompression starts upon check-in as you get to use the private Towers reception area. Then you head 43 stories up to the two-bedroom suite that's larger than most Manhattan apartments and features a kitchen, dining area, living room, soaking tub, sitting room, and sky-high views of Manhattan. The spacious escape from the bustling streets below kicks up the relaxation factor another notch.
Throughout the space, you'll find Hästens-inspired Scandinavian design elements and the brand's trademark blue checkered pattern. There's also a mini gallery dedicated to the mattress company explaining its history and the creation process behind the bed. And to help you reach that deep slumber, you'll find Hästens towels, throws, bathrobes, down boots, and signature candies as well as complimentary Hästens pajamas, slippers, and eye masks. I spent the night with my 19-month-old son, and he too was treated to the brand's pajamas and stuffed horse donning a blue checkered nightcap.
After putting the little one to sleep, I sipped on my chamomile tea that was delivered just after sunset to help set the stage for climbing on to that $200,000 mattress. The bed is made using natural, breathable materials like cotton, flax, horsehair, pine, and wool, and designed to be ergonomically superior. To me, it felt like laying on top of a supportive cloud—it was just the right amount of firmness and softness.
I've been having some lower back issues, which has made sleeping difficult, but I had no pain for those blissful eight hours. As far as motion transfer goes, there's none. So much so that I didn't even notice my husband had gotten up in the middle of the night because he was coughing and didn't want to disturb me. Plus, I never once got overheated despite adjusting the heat in the room a bit for my son in the nearby crib.
Needless to say, I had a great night's sleep. And while I don't know if this is just luck, my active toddler slept in later than he has in months. For that, I'd pay the $10,000 a night price tag any time.